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Duke of Ed Gold Alumni, Mabel Ye, meets Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex

"Women's suffrage is about feminism, and feminism is about fairness." - Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

In an unexpected chain of events I was invited to represent the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award as a Gold Alumni to attend the reception hosted by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Harry and Meghan. What a privilege to be in the presence of so many champions for women.

I was lucky to speak to Prince Harry about the good work the Award is doing (and get a hand shake!!), laugh with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who shared a funny anecdote about awkward faux pas, and walk out of Government House with our favourite journalist Hillary Barry talking about change in the Royal Family. Wow.

The Governor General and the Duchess reminded me of the progress that has been made for women in NZ, and we should always celebrate that - but there is so much more work to do (especially the gender pay gap and domestic violence). I feel empowered by the women in that room and know we will keep battling.


Mabel Ye, Gold Award Alumni


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